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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the protagonist do when Kathleen attempts to start a conversation?

2. What is happening in his memory of the concentration camp?

3. What does the stranger standing next to him in the dark do?

4. What does the protagonist remember about his first evening with Kathleen?

5. What does the grandmother say when the young boy asks when God dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the scene end?

2. Describe the scene between the protagonist and the stranger.

3. What does the protagonist criticize in the first section of the novel?

4. What does the protagonist tell the stranger? How does the stranger respond?

5. What happens, moments after the protagonist and Kathleen meet?

6. What happens right before the accident?

7. To what does the protagonist wake up?

8. What happens once the protagonist is admitted into the hospital?

9. What does the protagonist realize years later about his grandmother?

10. Why does the protagonist begin to tell the stranger his story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The stranger on the ship says, "I think I'm going to hate you."

Part 1) What does this reveal about the protagonist?

Part 2) What is ironic about this statement?

Part 3) How is this type of honesty repeated later in the novel? How does this help or hurt the protagonist?

Essay Topic 2

The author's description of the passersby on the street is bleak.

Part 1) Describe these people. Do they look like this in reality? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this foreshadow the feeling of the rest of the novel?

Part 3) Describe a time when your emotions affected your take on your surroundings.

Essay Topic 3

Shimon, the protagonist's friend, considers him a saint.

Part 1) Why does he consider him a saint? How does the protagonist feel about this?

Part 2) How does the protagonist mimic this thought later in the novel?

Part 3) Compare the person and reaction later in the novel to his reaction to being called a saint.

Part 4) What is the connection between this and the stranger on the ship and Gyula?

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